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CAMI’s Board of Directors has established the following mission-driven committees to serve as thought leaders and facilitators to forward the most important initiatives for the benefit of Maryland’s cybersecurity industry. Each Committee has an experienced Chairperson and committee members who meet regularly to strategize and take action.  Interested in volunteering? Email [email protected]

Executive Committee

Chair: Gina Abate, President & CEO, Edwards Performance Solutions

Vice Chair: Gregg Smith, CEO, Attila Security

Secretary: Darrell Laffoon, Chief Technology Officer, EZShield 

Treasurer: Jay Turakhia, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank

Asst. Treasurer: Mike Volk, Vice President Cyber Risk Solutions, PSA Insurance & Financial Services

Asst. Secretary: Evan Dornbush, CEO, Point3 Security

Legal Counsel: Joseph J. Mezzanotte, Partner, Whiteford Taylor Preston

Strategic Partnerships Committee

The Strategic Partnership Committee actively collaborates with other key organizations in Maryland to leverage our State’s collective assets for the benefit of our outstanding local cybersecurity industry and to help ensure the cybersecurity of the state and its businesses. Partner organizations include industry trade groups, chambers of commerce, economic development authorities, military and government installations in Maryland as well as higher education institutions. A key priority for this committee is activating Partner organization support in educating their members of the urgency for cybersecurity protection and the availability of our local industry to meet their needs.

Chair: Tom Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland (USM)

Yossi Appleboum, CEO, Sepio Systems, Inc.

Karen Austin, Publisher, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Steve Chafitz, President, e-End

Darrell Laffoon, Vice President of Technology, EZShield

Ken McCreedy, Senior Director of Cybersecurity and Aerospace, Maryland Department of Commerce

Keith Moulsdale, Partner, Whiteford Taylor Preston

Gregg Smith, CEO, Attila Security


Advisory Council

The Advisory Council serves as a resource for CAMI members in moving their businesses forward; provides insight to Board regarding industry trends and key events; helps CAMI align with member and industry needs; and provides guidance on key areas for CAMI’s growth (e.g., regulatory, legislative, programming).

Chair: Pete Gouldmann, PMP, CISSP, CISM, Cybersecurity Risk Management – U. S. Government

Lieutenant Colonel John Agnello, United States Army Cyber Branch officer, Chief of Analytic Capabilities Branch at US CyberCommand, Applied Research & Development Division

Chris Buzby, Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy, Innovation and Sustainability, Exelon

Linda Conrad, Principal, Corporate & Information Security Risk Management,  Manager, Security Strategy Risk & Assurance, Exelon

Matthew Dunlop, VP, Chief Information Security Officer, Under Armour

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, Vice Dean of Cyber Security & Information Assurance- University of Maryland University College

Marcelle Lee, CEO and Founding Partner, Fractal Security Group 



CAMI’s important efforts on behalf of our state’s cybersecurity companies and industry require funding. Though operating as a ‘lean and mean sales and marketing machine,’ operations are at full capacity with dozens of events and programs and extensive marketing, and more dollars are needed to expand these important efforts. The Sponsorship/Grants Committee is charged with working closely with the Executive Director to pursue sponsorships and grants.

Co-Chair:  John Leitch, President & CEO, Winquest Cybersecurity (Sponsorships);  Tami Howie, Partner, DLA Piper (Grants


Cyber Workforce Committee

With a growing demand for cybersecurity comes an increased need for a qualified cybersecurity workforce. The skilled workforce is needed by cybersecurity companies, private businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. A shortage of trained cybersecurity workers means too many enterprises are inadequately protected and vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks and breaches which could result in losses – both financial and reputational and even the catastrophic loss of lives. The Cyber Workforce Committee leads CAMI’s efforts to provide thought leadership, develop initiatives and work with other organizations to address the challenges of training, identifying and recruiting a qualified cybersecurity workforce to meet the needs of businesses, organizations and government entities in Maryland. 

Chair: Evan Dornbush, Founder/CEO, Point3 Security

Ed Bach, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, UMUC

Paul Champion, President, TranZed Apprenticeship Services

Darren Cox, Director, Employer Services, UMUC

Mike DiGiacomo, Executive Director, Governor’s Workforce Development Board

MD Dept of Labor, Licensing & Regulation

Mike Knapp, CEO & Co-founder, SkillSmart

Martha Laughman,  Director, Workforce Channel Development & Veterans Programs, UMBC Training Centers

Kent Malwitz, President, UMBC Training Centers

Melissa McCoy, Chief Technology Officer, Kaizen Approach, Inc.

Amy Rupp, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC)

Jim Smith, III, Adjunct Professor, UMUC

Tracy Tippie, Human Resources Manager, Sealing Technologies, Inc.

Christina Majernik, Senior Vice President of Client Solutions, Domain5

Dayna Gilliard, Associate Director of Business Development, YearUp

Davina Pruitt-Mentle, Ph.D., Lead for Academic Engagement, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Sara Sheppard, Director of Education & Workforce, Maryland Department of Commerce

Speakers Bureau 

Most businesses are generally aware of cybersecurity challenges but are not well-informed on the severity of risk to their own business or where to go to find the solutions they need. And with busy schedules, it’s difficult to get most of them to attend cybersecurity events. The Speakers Bureau addresses all of these challenges by sending experts to provide educational talks at large and small business gatherings. The Speakers use CAMI’s entertaining new multimedia presentation to inform and persuade business executives to take action by turning to CAMI and its hundreds of cybersecurity providers as a resource. This ‘road show’ capability will, in time, connect thousands of Maryland businesses and government entities to local cybersecurity companies and will help ensure Maryland’s overall cybersecurity.

Chair: Mike Volk, Vice President Cyber Risk Solutions, PSA Insurance & Financial Services

Mark Miraglia, Cyber Program Manager, MD Department of Commerce

Diversity in Cyber Committee

Research confirms that diversity contributes directly to organizational success. CAMI is actively involved in initiating and participating in activities to increase the participation of women and minorities in the globally-urgent and high-pay cybersecurity industry. The Diversity in Cyber Committee is charged with developing strategies that CAMI can execute including direct outreach to diverse groups as well as cooperation with other organizations playing a role in increasing diversity in the cybersecurity industry.

Co-Chairs: Shelley Lombardo, Chief Operating Officer, Evergreen Advisors; Gwen Greene, President/CEO, Applied Information Technology (AiTech)

Karen Austin, Publisher, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Wendy Chin, Community College of Baltimore County, School of Applied and Information Technology

Linda Conrad, Principal, Corporate & Information Security Risk Management,  Manager, Security Strategy Risk & Assurance, Exelon

Christina Cooper CEH, Sec+, CEO, OmniCyber Solutions

April Doss, Partner, Chair Cybersecurity and Privacy at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

Jennifer Eiben, The CyberWire

Dayna Gilliard, Associate Director of Business Development, YearUp

Marcelle Lee, CEO and Founding Partner, Fractal Security Group

Vini Nithianandam, Associate Professor, Cyber Security, Community College of Baltimore County

Tracy Tippie, Human Resources Manager, Sealing Technologies, Inc.

John Olenick, Business Development Manager, PSA Insurance & Financial Services

Tim Schilbach, Owner, Penacity

Martha Laughman,  Director, Workforce Channel Development & Veterans Programs, UMBC Training Centers



Legislative Affairs Committee 

Maryland recognizes cybersecurity as one of the most critical industries in the state. Each year, the State’s elected officials consider legislation that directly impacts the industry. CAMI’s Legislative Committee tracks legislative initiatives, analyzing their impact on CAMI members and the industry as a whole, and determines those that require specific action from CAMI. Whether that action is written or oral support for or against pending legislation or personal outreach to individual elected officials with the help of a Government Relations firm, it is this committee that synthesizes and delivers CAMI’s voice to the state capital of Annapolis.

Chair: Mike Binko, Founder & Chair, Startup Maryland

John Leitch, President & CEO, Winquest

Gregg Smith, CEO, Attila Security

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